Valley of the UFOS (Ridgeland, WI)

By Frank Joseph

Fate Magazine, Feb 2004 vol. 7, No. 2, Issue 646: 34-39. Subscribe to Fate.

For most of my life, I never saw a so-called unidentified flying object—I didn’t know if such a thing actually existed, nor did I much care. My father was amateur astronomer, whose handmade telescopes afforded our family summertime observations of the night sky during my boyhood, but no unworldly craft ever hove into view.

Throughout the rest of my life, I knew men and women who claimed to have seen strange phenomena in the heavens suggesting visitations from another planet. But I was not personally privy to the extraterrestrial encounters of any kind until my early 50s when I rented an old log house in a remote area of northwestern Wisconsin. The thickly forested area was sparsely populated, mostly spread over disconnected farmland, much of it destitute, in a valley running east to west for about 30 miles.

Alone in Rural Wisconsin

The small village of Ridgeland was some five miles to the north, although Menomonie Read More

Gun Camera Videos Solved?

The most famous UFO video in recent years may actually just be the flare of a a jet when viewed with an infrared camera. Mick West, a self-proclaimed “debunker” and “skeptic” with a Youtube following has offered a strong argument making that case:

The Gimbal video is infrared gun-camera footage apparently declassified by the Pentagon before being  publicized and disseminated by To The Stars Academy in conjunction with the 2017 New York Times story. On closer examination, it appears that the mysterious footage may just be the result of viewing another jet in infrared mode.

This explanation is probably disappointing for those of us excited by the release of the video along with the New York Times story on the Pentagon’s secret program to study the phenomenon, but without context and more information, it’s safest to assume that the video only appears to depict something unconventional. This would explain why the defense establishment, which is notoriously tightfisted with actually UFO evidence, felt no need to keep these videos classified.

Even the seemingly inexplicable in-flight rotation of the object has a conventional explanation:

Hopefully, improved infrared sensors, soon to be deployed on Navy aircraft, will provide better and mores solid evidence in the future.

Mick West’s work on these videos is similar to the case with the infrared gun-camera  footage released by the Chilean Navy in early 2017. That video, which went viral on the internet overnight, depicted infrared footage of an unidentified object venting some substance. (Chem-trails? Aliens seeding earth’s atmosphere?) Closer investigation of the strange video by Robert Powell of MUFON’s Scientific Review Board revealed it to be merely the heat flare of a commercial aircraft. It would be great to hear Robert Powell’s assessment of these videos, but, unfortunately, he bailed out of MUFON in 2017 for various reasons that allegedly included their choice of sensationalist speakers at a 2017 conference–part of MUFON’s ongoing recent problems with credibility.

It get’s worse. Mick West has also analyzed the so-called “Go Fast” video which was also released by To the Stars and also featured on the History Channel’s new UFO series. He presents an extremely compelling case for identifying the unidentified object as a balloon moving in the wind. Sounds unlikely? Watch the video:

And what about the celebrated “Tic-Tac” video shot by the Nimitz crew? Well, that looks pretty much just like a regular commercial jet too:

In each of these videos, we are dealing with flight crews still learning how to use the latest in infrared sensor technology. That means that the pilots are still learning  how to interpret the data and might easily be mistaking conventional targets for something extraordinary. It also explains why the Pentagon did not hesitate to declassify these videos.

Don’t expect the UFO community to relinquish extraterrestrial claims about these now iconic videos–ever. History has proven that, no matter how plausible the explanation, how verifiable the data, or how blatant the fraud, UFO enthusiasts resist conventional explanations. But real scientific analysis of the phenomenon has no room for religious dogmatism or blind belligerence, and Mick West’s explanations are far more economical in terms of commonsense credibility than the expensive UFO interpretations.

Just because “I want to believe” doesn’t justify  ignoring contrary evidence.

You can rely on us at to give you the real story, without the hype. When plausible explanations are presented for the phenomenon, we won’t hesitate to offer them. We are  committed to the facts because the facts speak for themselves: It’s happening.


Wisconsin UFOs: Watch the Sky

Paranormal investigator Chad Lewis will present the program “Wisconsin UFOs: Watch The Sky” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Chippewa Falls Public Library.

Alright, we don’t know who Chad Lewis is, but at, you just need to put the words “Wisconson” and “UFOs” into the same headline and we are there. A quick google search on Lewis reveals that he is a paranormal jack-of-all-trades. But hey, what else are you going to do on a Thursday night?

Rep. Mark Walker wants answers from Navy about UFOs

More evidence that it’s happening.

Representative Mark Walker of North Carolina, a top official on the House Homeland Security Committee, wants clearer answers and information from the Navy regarding the alleged UFO incursions into American airspace. Politico and The Drive both covered the story on July 30, and

Walker, a ranking member of the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee, addressed his concerns in a July 16 letter to Navy secretary Richard Spencer. Those concerns revolve around assessing the threat level. Walker writes, “If the accounts are true, the unidentified crafts could pose a serious security risk to our military personnel and defense apparatus.” Walker points out that reports of pilot encounters described “complex flight patterns and advanced maneuvering, which demand extreme advances in quantum mechanics, nuclear science, electromagnetics, and thermodynamics.”

The letter requests more information, asking the Navy for any substantiating evidence Read More

MUFON Investigates Hudson UFO Case

Wisconsin witness reports UFO ‘launches two triangles’

Originally posted on Open Minds by Roger marsh, November 15, 2016

A Wisconsin witness at Hudson reported watching two triangular-shaped craft with lights on each corner that both hovered and exhibited “extreme rapid movement,” according to testimony in Case 80030 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was outside smoking a cigarette when a stationary craft – too far away to identify – appeared in the southern sky near Hudson, that launched two small, triangular craft.

“Each craft had a light on each corner,” the witness stated.“They moved very rapidly from south to east, would hover, and then move rapidly back and forth in mostly the eastern and southern sky. The event lasted over Read More

UFOs Back in the News

It’s happening!

UFOs are back in the news and UFO Days are here again, both in Elmwood, Wisconsin and in the broader national dialogue. Are you keeping up with the story?

If you’re like most people who attend Elmwood’s UFO Days, you’re curious about UFOs and want to keep up with latest UFO news, both local and national, but who has time to sort through all the crazy stuff to get to the real story? At, we’ll keep you posted with credible and sober-minded updates about the local UFO scene and worldwide phenomenon. You just need to visit the free website: and follow us to stay up-to-date with the latest.

Navy, Media, and Government

So far, the year 2019 has been an amazing year of progress and serious developments in the national dialogue about Unidentified Flying Objects (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon). In the first half of the year, we have had testimony from Navy pilots and sailors about encounters off American shorelines and over military installations. These testimonies have forced the Navy to begin taking the phenomenon seriously and to admit that there really is something going on in our airspace. The President and members of congress have been briefed, and the Navy has now begun to require formal reports from pilots and sailors who Read More

Trump Briefed on UFOs

You know “it’s happening” when the President of the United States is being briefed on Navy encounters with UFOs. When ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked Trump about the subject, he replied, somewhat disjointedly, that he did have “one really brief meeting on it. People are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly … I think our great pilots would know, and some of them really see things that are a little bit different than in the past.”

It’s difficult to ascertain exactly what that last remark is supposed to mean, but it seemed to suggest that, yes, there are pilots reporting visual contact with UFOs, and the report has made its way up the chain to the White House. Trump confirmed that much in a later interview.

In a subsequent interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News, Trump said, “Personally I doubt it, but, you have people who swear by it. Pilots have come in and said, and these are pilots that not into that particular world, but we have had people saying that they’ve seen things. I’m not a believer, but you know, I guess anything’s possible.”

At the very least, the fact that the president has been briefed indicates that the UFO sightings are being treated as matter of national security, something that has been off the table since the close of Project Blue Book in 1970.

Dan Rather on UFO Days

If you’ve ever wondered why Elmwood claims to be the UFO Capital of the World, here’s a quick history lesson. Take a trip back in time to check out CBS News April 8, 1988: Dan Rather’s feature on UFO Days and Elmwood’s proposed UFO landing site. OK, he once refers to the town as “Elwood,” but we’ll give him a pass.

2019 UFO Days Buttons On Sale

The 2019 UFO Days button design is a classic: “Hear no UFOs; see no UFOs, speak no UFOs.” So say the spacemen. You can purchase these buttons at local Elmwood businesses, but don’t wait until supplies run out. Proceeds go toward the event. 

Bill Johnson answers question, ‘Why UFO Days’

 By Kaye Bird, Contributor, Gateway News
Saturday, July 25, 2015 12:01 AM

Bill Johnson, retired professor at UW/Stout will be presenting a talk entitled, “Why UFO Days” on Saturday and Sunday this upcoming weekend. Don’t miss it! Photo by Kaye Bird

MENOMONIE, WI – Bill Johnson, retired professor from UW/Stout has the answer for anyone who has ever wondered, “Why does Elmwood celebrate UFO Days?”

Remember the tagline from The X-Files, “The Truth is Out There?” On Saturday afternoon, July 25, 2015 that “truth” will be revealed. And the truth is this—there have been several UFO sightings in the Elmwood area.

“Roswell, New Mexico has had one sighting; Elmwood has had several,” said Johnson adding, “You have to wonder why. Some people say it’s because of its location—it’s in a valley.” To that Johnson would reply, “So is Spring Valley and Plum City, and I haven’t heard of any sightings in those towns.”

It was in 1974 when Johnson decided that he wanted to be a UFO researcher. He flew to Tucson, Arizona and stayed with a friend. “To me the most impressive and widely respected group at that time was the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization or APRO Read More